Del Shannon (born Charles Weedon Westover; December 30, 1934 – February 8, 1990) was an American rock and roll singer-songwriter who is best known for his 1961 No. 1 hit "Runaway"
Rock On! is the 12th studio album by American rock singer Del Shannon, released posthumously in 1991. Shannon returned to the studio after a long hiatus in 1990, collaborating with Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra, Mike Campbell, Tom Petty, other members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Richard Greene. Shannon committed suicide on February 8, 1990, and the album was completed for release on October 1, 1991.
Bear Family Records has presented us with the ultimate Del Shannon package…a gorgeously prepared feast for eyes and ears ! Rock historian Brian C. Young provides an in-depth bio of this great pioneer of rock, along with a detailed "sessionography," many rare and previously unseen photos, foreign record covers and other long dreamed-of delights. The musical magic consists of 8 CDs…6 CDs of fully-finished studio tracks, including several never-before-released gems, and 2 CDs of ultra-rare "demos"…one from Del's pre-"Runaway" days and a second that covers the final years covered by this package (1960-1970).